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Malaysians to Occupy Lynas HQ in Sydney: Protest shareholder meeting, divest from Lynas


SYDNEY | Eight representatives from Himpunan Hijau, one of the largest environmental movements in Malaysia, will be travelling to Australia to protest against Australian rare earth mining company, Lynas Corporation. Lynas has started exporting its toxic and radioactive rare-earth pollution to it’s controversial refinery, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Himpunan Hijau will be joined by Friends of the Earth Australia, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, AidWatch and The Greens.

Occupation outside Lynas Headquarters
ALL DAY Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 November 2013
56 Pitt Street, Sydney

Press conference hosted by The Greens
Thursday 28 November 2013
10AM behind NSW parliament

Protest outside Lynas Corporation Annual General Meeting
Friday 29 November
Opposite Establishment Hotel,
252 George Street Sydney

On August 4th 2011 Australian company Lynas Corporation officially opened its Mt Weld rare earth mine in Western Australia. Lynas has started exporting rare earth concentrates, through the port of Fremantle in Western Australia to the port of Kuantan in Malaysia, to their polluting, energy intensive and highly controversial rare earths processing plant, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP).

The LAMP is vehemently opposed by at least a million Malaysians. It was constructed without any public consultation and near fishing communities. Its pollution and waste management are seriously deficient according to a scientific report[1] by Germany’s Oeko Institute.

An affiliate campaign of Friends of the Earth Australia

[1] “Description and Critical environmental Evaluation of the Rare Earth Refinery Plant LAMP near Kuantan/Malaysia” http://www.oeko.de/oekodoc/1629/2013-002-en.pdf

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  1. Edward McCann

    November 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve read the Oeko report and while there are some worrying findings, I do have to ask:

    Where did they get their data from? I have asked some Lynas employees that I’ve met and apparently none of the so-called “experts” received any real data from Lynas.

    Also, according to the Lynas people I spoke to, the local community in Kuantan, Pahang actually made efforts to visit the plant and see things for themselves. They are no longer bothered or worried about the controversy. The prominent anti-Lynas groups were sent invites via media and personally to visit the plant and get their own hands-on experience and readings however they’ve been refusing to visit. They just keep campaigning against Lynas and blame their govt for “putting them at risk” by issuing the operation license. I’ll say..

    What’s up with that? Why can’t they discover for themselves whether the plant it’s dangerous or not?

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